The Future of Integrated Dance

Group photo taken at National Convening on the Future of Integrated Dance in the US. 

Group photo taken at National Convening on the Future of Integrated Dance in the US. 

Silva Laukkanen, of VSA Texas, reflects on her experiences at AXIS Dance Company's National Convening and the future of physically integrated dance. VSA Texas is an organization dedicated to challenging perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. 

Excerpt from VSA Texas' blog post National Convening on the Future of Integrated Dance in the US:

"The convening came at a great time for us as we are in the midst of planning the next steps for Body Shift. One of the ideas we are most excited about is developing strategies to open our Body Shift community to be more thoroughly included in the larger dance community in Austin.  Our hope is to reach out to local dance artists and studios and offer lecture demonstrations to present about integrated dance that is happening at the international, national, regional, and local level.  We also hope to discuss ways that we can begin working together to create a truly inclusive dance culture. The dream of anybody being able to take part in a dance class and feel good about it is that much closer.  The idea being that when the description of a dance class or workshop says open to all, it really means all." 

Read the entire blog post here

Silva Laukkanen, Olivia O'Hare, Connie Michael and Alito Alessi improvising to the sound of the sirens during a fire drill at the National Convening. 

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